Carolyn Breinich was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia in 1994, five days before her 14th birthday. Her treatment consisted of two and a half years of chemo and ten days of cranial radiation. Now an author and childhood cancer survivor, Carolyn joins us to raise awareness for childhood cancer and share her memoir, Faith, Hope and Cancer: The Journey of a Childhood Cancer Survivor. Carolyn has always had a strong faith and the belief that her life has a purpose, and being a voice for childhood cancer patients/survivors is an important part of this. She continues to be a strong advocate for childhood cancer survivors, and has volunteered with various cancer organizations over the years. Raising money and awareness about the needs of childhood cancer survivors is important to Carolyn, as she has dealt with psychosocial issues, secondary cancer and depression.
Carolyn shares from first-hand experience the many untold realities of surviving childhood cancer, and the importance of faith and hope in this success. Armed with faith, hope and advocacy, Carolyn now lives a charmed life on the road, traveling the United States and enjoying its many wonders with her husband Lee and their two dogs.
The book is easy to read and hard to put down, and will most likely not be finished without some tears, as the journey of the heart you take with Carolyn is real. It’s a must-read for anyone concerned with and relatively new to the childhood cancer world, and inspirational for childhood cancer community veterans.